Blood of Jesus: What the Bible Says About It

The Blood of Jesus is so powerful!

Salvation in the Blood – John 3:16-17; Hebrews 9:28

Eternal Life in the Blood – John 6:54

Resurrection power in the Blood – 1 Thessalonians 4:14

Deliverance in the Blood – Psalms 32:7

Healing and Health (physical, emotional and mental) in the Blood – Isaiah 53:5; 1 Corinthians 11:23-32

Preservation of life in the Blood – Exodus 12:13

Safety and protection in the Blood – Exodus 12:13; Psalms 91

Atonement in the Blood – Romans 5:11

Forgiveness of sins by the Blood – Ephesians 1:7; Colossians 1:14

Cleansing from sin by the Blood – 1 John 1:7

Washed by the Blood – Revelation 1:5

Remission of sin by the shedding of Blood – Hebrews 9:22

Abundant life by the Blood – John 6:53, 10:10

Covered by the Blood – Exodus 12:13

Plagues abated by the Blood – Exodus 12:13

Death averted by the Blood – Exodus 12:13

Purged conscience by the Blood – Hebrews 9:13-14

Freedom in the Blood – John 8:36

Witchcraft broken by the Blood – Galations 5:19-21

Demons have a meltdown and flee because of the Blood – James 2:19

Devil is destroyed because of the Blood – Hebrews 2:14

Fear broken by the Blood – 2 Timothy 1:7

Curses broken by the Blood – Deuteronomy 23:5

Cut covenant by the shedding of Blood – Genesis 15

Reconciliation by the Blood – Colossians 1:20

Debts cancelled by the Blood – Matthew 6:12

Provision by the Blood – Matthew 6:31-33; Philippians 4:19

Made whole by the Blood – Matthew 9:12; Mark 5:34

Peace by the Blood – Colossians 1:20

Jews and Gentiles reconciled by the Blood of Christ – Ephesians 2:14

Power in the Blood to save, set free, heal and deliver – Isaiah 53:5; 61

Chains and fetters are broken by the Blood – Psalms 107:14; John 8:36

Purged and purified by the Blood – Hebrews 9:22

Restoration by the Blood – Jeremiah 30:17; Joel 2:25

Redeemed by the Blood – Ephesians 1:7; Colossians 1:14; Revelation 5:9

Eternal Redemption by His Blood – Hebrews 9:12

Sanctified by the Blood – Hebrews 13:12

Propitiation through faith in His Blood – Romans 3:25

Justified by His Blood – Romans 5:9

Guilt is removed because of the Blood – Hebrews 10:22 (NIV)

Addictions are broken by His Blood – John 8:36

Made nigh by the Blood – Ephesians 2:13

Communion of the Blood of Christ (Holy Eucharist) – 1 Corinthians 10:16

Evil is overcome by the Blood – John 1:29

Satan is under your feet because of the Blood – Romans 16:20 (NIV)

Darkness is turned into light by the Blood – Psalms 107:14, 112:4; Isaiah 60

Generational curses and sins are broken by the Blood of Jesus – Exodus 34:7, Exodus 20:6; Galations 3:13

We can enter boldly into the Holiest of All by the Blood of Jesus – Hebrews 10:19

The Blood of the Everlasting Covenant – Hebrews 13:20

Transforming power in the Blood – 2 Corinthians 5:17

Our robes are made white in the Blood of Jesus – Revelation 7:14

We overcome by the Blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony – Revelation 12:11

Seven Churches – Laodicea: The Lukewarm Church

Seven Churches – Laodicea: The Lukewarm Church

Revelation 3:14-22

In writing to the seven churches, the Holy Spirit through the Apostle John, drew spiritual applications from the natural surroundings in which the people found themselves.

To the Laodiceans it was written: “So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth” (Verse 16).

Laodicea, directly east of Patmos from which John wrote, was in the Lycus Valley. Its water was obtained from the hot springs nearby. Tumbling over rocks and cliffs, it was lukewarm by the time it reached the city.

Other references to the city’s status are given:

  1. It was a banking center – “Thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods … I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire (Verses 17 and 18).
  1. Sheep grown in the valley produced luscious wool, making Laodicea a clothing center – they were told to buy “white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed” (Verse 18).
  1. The city had a medical school and made eye salve – Jesus said “Anoint thine eyes with eye salve, that thou mayest see” (Verse 18).

Material prosperity and affluence characterized this city, but they were warned that spiritually they were “wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked” (Verse 17).

Perhaps even worse than these characteristics is the attitude which says, “I have need of nothing” (Verse 17). God can meet the need of the miserable, poor, blind and naked, but there is no hope for the individual, the city, or the nation that says they have no need of God.

God’s mercy is indeed longsuffering for He issues to this church an invitation of fellowship that He does not include in any of the other letters: “Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me” (Verse 20).

Salutation

“These things saith … “

  1. “The Amen” – Once in the New Testament “Amen” is a title of Christ, Revelation 3:14, because through Him the purposes of God are established, 2 Corinthians 1:20 (from Vine’s Expository Dictionary of Biblical Words).
  1. “The faithful and true witness” – this is an amplification of the word “Amen”, as one of the definitions of “Amen” is: “God is faithful”.
  1. “The beginning of the creation of God” – John 1:1-2

Assets

There is nothing to commend them for.

Liabilities

“I know thy works … “

  1. “Thou art neither cold nor hot” – be either for Me or against Me, but not apathetic.
  1. “Thou art lukewarm” – implies that they were once hot and then cooled off.
  1. “Thou sayest, I am rich and increased with goods” – spiritual pride. Material prosperity had become idolatry to them. It is possible to be rich and yet not make money an idol, or to put your trust in riches. It all depends on the condition of the heart.
  1. “And have need of nothing” – this is the epitome of the independent or prideful spirit.
  1. “Knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked” – they didn’t know their own position before God.
  1. “I counsel thee to buy of me” – I advise you to purchase from me these things:
  1. “gold tried in the fire” – deity, purity, divine nature
  1. “that thou mayest be rich” – spiritually rich
  1. “white raiment” – marriage garment
  1. “that thou mayest be clothed” – fit to come into my presence
  1. “eye salve” – revelation of God, insight into the Word of God
  1. “that thou mayest see” – see God for who and what He is and then see your spiritual condition
  1. “Be zealous … and repent” – chastening is for sons and daughters because of love; Proverbs 3:11-12, Hebrews 12:5-11.

Promise

“To him that overcomes” …

Will I grant to sit with Me in My throne, as I also overcame and have sat down in My Father’s Throne” – to him who overcomes he shall sit where I sit, having the same power and authority that I have.

The highest promise given to the seven churches is for the ones that can overcome the apostasy of the last days.

Scriptural Promises about Fear and Anxiety

Are you battling with feelings of fear, anxiety and maybe even panic? Are you worried about the health of you and your family, and finances? Does your future seem to be uncertain?

Below are some Scriptures to stand on and declare in faith everyday.

Philippians 4:6-7 AMP

6 Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition (definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God.

7 And God’s peace [shall be yours, that tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and being content with its earthly lot of whatever sort that is, that peace] which transcends all understanding shall garrison and mount guard over your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

Deuteronomy 31:6 NIV

Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you.

Psalms 86:7 NKJV

In the day of my trouble I will call upon You, for You will answer me.

Matthew 6:31 AMP

31 Therefore do not worry and be anxious, saying, What are we going to have to eat? or, What are we going to have to drink? or, What are we going to have to wear?

32 For the Gentiles (heathen) wish for and crave and diligently seek all these things, and your heavenly Father knows well that you need them all.

33 But seek (aim at and strive after) first of all His kingdom and His righteousness (His way of doing and being right), and then all these things taken together will be given you besides.

34 So do not worry or be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will have worries and anxieties of its own. Sufficient for each day is its own trouble.

1 Peter 5:7 AMP

Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully.

2 Timothy 1:7 AMP

For God did not give us a spirit of timidity (of cowardice, of craven and cringing and fawning fear), but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of a calm and well-balanced mind and discipline and self-control.

Psalms 118:5 NKJV

I called on the Lord in distress; the Lord answered me and set me in a broad place.

John 16:33 NIV

I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.

Colossians 3:15 AMP

And let the peace (soul harmony which comes) from Christ rule (act as umpire continually) in your hearts [deciding and settling with finality all questions that arise in your minds, in that peaceful state] to which as [members of Christ’s] one body you were also called [to live]. And be thankful (appreciative), [giving praise to God always].

Proverbs 3:5-6 AMP

5 Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding.

6 In all your ways know, recognize, and acknowledge Him, and He will direct and make straight and plain your paths.

7 Be not wise in your own eyes; reverently fear and worship the Lord and turn [entirely] away from evil.

8 It shall be health to your nerves and sinews, and marrow and moistening to your bones.

9 Honor the Lord with your capital and sufficiency [from righteous labors] and with the firstfruits of all your income.

10 So shall your storage places be filled with plenty, and your vats shall be overflowing with new wine.

Isaiah 41:10 NKJV

Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.

John 14:27 NKJV

Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

Matthew 19:26 NKJV

But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

Mark 11:22-24 NKJV

22 So Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in God.”

23 For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.

24 Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.

Psalms 34:4 NKJV

I sought the Lord, and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.

Psalms 94:19 TLB

Lord, when doubts fill my mind, when my heart is in turmoil, quiet me and give me renewed hope and cheer.

Psalms 56:3 KJV

What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee.

Lamentations 3:22-23 NKJV

22 Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not.

23 They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.

Psalms 103:2-5 NKJV

2 Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits.

3 Who forgives all your iniquities, who heals all your diseases,

4 Who redeems your life from destruction, who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies,

5 Who satisfies your mouth with good things, so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

Psalms 32:7 NKJV

You are my hiding place; You shall preserve me from trouble; You shall surround me with songs of deliverance.

Philippians 4:19 AMP

And my God will liberally supply (fill to the full) your every need according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.

John 10:10 AMP

The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows).

3 John 2 AMP

Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in every way and [that your body] may keep well, even as [I know] your soul keeps well and prospers.

Isaiah 53:5 NKJV

But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed.

Psalms 91 NKJV

1 He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

2 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; my God, in Him I will trust.”

3 Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the perilous pestilence (infectious diseases).

4 He shall cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler.

5 You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, nor of the arrow that flies by day,

6 Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday.

7 A thousand may fall at your side, and ten thousand at your right hand; but it shall not come near you.

8 Only with your eyes shall you look, and see the reward of the wicked.

9 Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge, even the Most High, your dwelling place,

10 No evil shall befall you, nor shall any plague come near your dwelling;

11 For He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways.

12 In their hands they shall bear you up, lest you dash your foot against a stone.

13 You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra, the young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot.

14 “Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high, because he has known My name.

15 He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him.

16 With long life I will satisfy him, and show him My salvation.”

Seven Churches – Philadelphia: The Faithful Church

The name “Philadelphia” means love of the brethren or brotherly love. Philadelphia was a city of the province of Lydia in Western Asia Minor (modern day Turkey). Philadelphia was about 28 miles southeast of Sardis.

Philadelphia was a center of the wine industry. Volcanic activity contributed richness to the soil for growing vines.

Philadelphia has been nearly destroyed several times by earthquakes. The promise, “him that overcometh I will make a pillar,” i.e. immovably firm, stands in contrast to Philadelphia often shaken by earthquakes. A portion of a stone church wall topped with arches of brick remains; the building must have been magnificent, and dates from Theodosius. This church had but “little strength,” i.e. was small in numbers and poor in resources, of small account in men’s eyes. The cost of repairing the often shaken city taxed heavily the citizens (from Fausset’s Bible Dictionary).

Still a city of considerable size, Philadelphia is known today by the Turks as Allah-shehr “the city of God” (from Nelson’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary).

Revelation 3:7-13

Salutation

“These things says … “

  1. He who is holy (pure, undefiled, set apart)
  2. He that is true (faithful)
  3. He that has the Key of David (Amos 9:11 and Acts 15:16 refer to the Tabernacle of David being restored. The Key of David is praise, kingly authority, prophet and priestly authority, governmental authority)
  4. He who opens and no one shuts, and shuts and no one opens (cross reference is Isaiah 22:22) – has access to go through doors and authority to lock and unlock doors

Assets

“I know thy works … “

  1. See, I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it (“A great and effectual door is opened unto me” – 1 Corinthians 16:9)
  2. For you have a little strength, and have kept My word (small in number, not rich, not strong and powerful, yet faithful to the Word)
  3. And have not denied My Name (have not denied the faith, have not denied that His Name is Lord)
  4. Indeed I will make those of the synagogue of Satan, who say they are Jews and are not, but lie — indeed I will make them come and worship before your feet, and to know that I have loved you.
  5. Because you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth.
  6. Behold, I am coming quickly! Hold fast what you have, that no one may take your crown.

Liabilities

None (Jesus had nothing negative to say to the churches of Philadelphia and Smyrna)

Promises

“He who overcomes … “

  1. I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go out no more (a strong support in God’s house, steadfast and unmovable); see Galations 2:9 – James, Peter and John were regarded as pillars.
  1. “I will write upon him … “
    1. The name of My God (those who belong to Him bear His Name, Revelation 14:1, Acts 9:15)
    2. The name of the city of My God, the New Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God (Revelation 21:2 and Galations 4:26)
    3. My new name (bridal relationship with Jesus, Revelation 2:17)

Seven Churches – (A) What the Spirit is Saying to the Church

Revelation 1-3 contains messages and admonitions written to the seven churches in western Asia Minor.  These seven churches include Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamos (or Pergamum), Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea.

These churches were in geographical existence during the time that John the Beloved Apostle had the vision while on the Isle of Patmos and then wrote letters to each of the seven churches.

God spoke to each of these churches revealing to them how He viewed them.  Jesus acknowledged their strengths and commendable actions.  Promises were given to the overcomers in each of these seven churches.

The Lord also gently confronted their liabilities and areas of sin, and gave them warnings and admonitions.  Jesus said that who He loves, He chastens and rebukes.

Any time we are disciplined by the Lord, it’s proof of how much He loves us — because He desires to show mercy over that of judgment.  He wants to see repentance on our part.  He lets us know where we’re missing it and gives us many chances to make right choices.  And He will even help us to repent by giving us strength and grace, or delivering us from situations.

God wants to add blessing upon blessing to our lives.  He’s trying to teach His children obedience, just like natural parents discipline their children so that their children learn responsibility, learn to make better choices and have a better future.

The admonitions written to the seven churches apply to the Church (corporate Body of Christ) today.  The number seven is the sum of totality, completion and fullness.  Out of the many churches in existence around 95-96 AD, the Lord chose only seven to send letters to.  That is because these seven churches represent to us today all the types of Christian churches around the world.

Many churches are Philadelphia churches (faithful to the Lord and on fire for God).  Some churches are like Sardis where the people gather, they have programs, but the church is dead spiritually.  Some churches are like Thyatira where there is the tolerance of false doctrine and even sexual immorality condoned.

Some churches around the world, such as the underground churches in China or Christians in some middle eastern countries, are like the church of Smyrna where they go through persecution for their faith.

Also, even within the same church, not everyone necessarily will be likeminded or at the same level spiritually.  People’s experiences may be different.  You may see seven different groups of individuals who are characteristic of the seven churches (Philadelphia Christians, Sardis Christians, Ephesus Christians, Thyatira Christians, Laodicea Christians and Pergamos Christians).  Also, there are Smyrna Christians who undergo persecution for their faith, are mocked or reviled for Christ’s sake, go through religious discrimination on their jobs or in the city in which they live. God has promises for those who are overcomers.

God has not changed and His message is still the same.  Seven times (once to each of the seven churches), Jesus ends each letter with “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”  A continual prayer of mine is “Lord, give me eyes to see, ears to hear and a heart to comprehend what you are saying and showing me.”

The question may be asked, “What is the Spirit saying to the Church today?”  Out of many things He is speaking, seven themes stand out in particular:

  1. Return to your first love and do the first works.
  2. Repent from allowing false doctrines and carnality to remain in the Church and in your personal lives.
  3. Seek a relationship with Jesus Christ, as opposed to just being religious.
  4. Put on your spiritual garments and guard against getting them soiled.
  5. Repent from being spiritually lukewarm.
  6. God is restoring the Tabernacle of David and the Key of David today.
  7. God is looking for overcomers and has many blessings for them.

Protection from the Corona-Virus

Right now there is widespread panic and hysteria over the Covid-19 virus that recently spread from China to most nations of the world.

Thousands have contracted the virus, and thousands have died from it, especially elderly people.

There is tremendous fear in the land, and it is resulting in shelves in supermarkets being bare, and people hoarding food and supplies.

Right now, most people are staying at home, and the government does not want any public gatherings of more than ten people. Schools and businesses are shut down for a few weeks.

In spite of the circumstances, there is no need to panic and fear. God said in His Word to not worry and that He would supply all of our needs (Philippians 4:19).

The Lord says in His Word that He heals all of our diseases (Psalms 103:3). He is Jehovah Rapha, the Lord our Healer (Exodus 15:26). He is also Jehovah Jireh, the Lord our Provider (Genesis 22:14).

We have not been given a spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7).

In Psalms 91, we who dwell in the secret place of the Most High are promised protection from plagues and diseases.

This passage says:

Psalms 91

1 He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall remain stable and fixed under the shadow of the Almighty [Whose power no foe can withstand].

2 I will say of the Lord, He is my Refuge and my Fortress, my God; on Him I lean and rely, and in Him I [confidently] trust!

3 For [then] He will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence.

4 [Then] He will cover you with His pinions, and under His wings shall you trust and find refuge; His truth and His faithfulness are a shield and a buckler.

5 You shall not be afraid of the terror of the night, nor of the arrow (the evil plots and slanders of the wicked) that flies by day,

6 Nor of the pestilence that stalks in darkness, nor of the destruction and sudden death that surprise and lay waste at noonday.

7 A thousand may fall at your side, and ten thousand at your right hand, but it shall not come near you.

8 Only a spectator shall you be [yourself inaccessible in the secret place of the Most High] as you witness the reward of the wicked.

9 Because you have made the Lord your refuge, and the Most High your dwelling place,

10 There shall no evil befall you, nor any plague or calamity come near your tent.

11 For He will give His angels [especial] charge over you to accompany and defend and preserve you in all your ways [of obedience and service].

12 They shall bear you up on their hands, lest you dash your foot against a stone.

13 You shall tread upon the lion and adder; the young lion and the serpent shall you trample underfoot.

14 Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore will I deliver him; I will set him on high, because he knows and understands My name [has a personal knowledge of My mercy, love, and kindness — trusts and relies on Me, knowing I will never forsake him, no, never].

15 He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him.

16 With long life will I satisfy him and show him My salvation. AMP

Another one of God’s Names is Jehovah `Arukah Marpe’, which is “Lord of Health and Cure” (Jeremiah 33:6). The Lord is hearing the prayers of His people, and He will give scientists wisdom for the cure of this virus.

This season won’t last for very long, and a cure will be discovered.

Be encouraged. God has everything in control. Trust in the Lord with all your heart.

Seven Churches – Sardis: The Dead Church

Sardis was the capital of Lydia in Western Asia Minor (modern-day Turkey). It was 50-60 miles northeast of Smyrna. Sardis stood on the river Pactolus, at the foot of Mount Tmolus.

Sardis was the capital of the ancient Lydian Empire and the residence of kings. It passed to the Persians, Greeks and Romans during their dominance of the ancient world. In AD 17, an earthquake desolated Sardis and eleven other cities in Asia Minor. The city was rebuilt, although it did not thrive like it did prior to its destruction.

The church of Sardis had a reputation of being alive, although it was spiritually dead. The church of Sardis was affected by the complacency of the city and its reliance on its past glory.

Sardis was like whitewashed tombs which appear outwardly beautiful, but are full of dead men’s bones (Matthew 23:27). Its thriving, healthy appearance masked an inner decay (Nelson’s Bible Dictionary).

Salutation

“These things saith He that hath the seven Spirits of God” – xref Isaiah 11:2-4

  1. Spirit of the Lord
  2. Spirit of wisdom
  3. Spirit of understanding
  4. Spirit of counsel
  5. Spirit of might
  6. Spirit of knowledge
  7. Spirit of the fear of the Lord

The seven Spirits of God are not seven Holy Spirits, but is the seven-fold character of the Lord. (Kat Kerr, who has been caught up to Heaven on many occasions, says that the seven Spirits of God are seven spirit beings who minister before God’s Throne, which includes the Holy Spirit who is eternal, and six other spirits.)

“And the seven stars” – the seven stars are the seven angels (bishops) of the seven churches, according to Revelation 1:20.

Assets

I know thy works …

  1. Remember therefore how you have received and heard; hold fast and repent.
  2. You have a few names even in Sardis who have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with Me in white, for they are worthy.

Liabilities

  1. I know your works, that you have a name that you are alive, but you are dead – physically alive, but spiritually dead (a church, nation, individual)
  2. Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die, for I have not found your works perfect before God.
  3. Hold fast and repent. Therefore if you will not watch, I will come upon you as a thief, and you will not know what hour I will come upon you.

Promises

“He that overcomes …”

  1. Shall be clothed in white garments (Revelation 19:8 – robe of righteousness).
  2. I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life. Those whose names are written in the Book of Life will have access forever to the tree of life in Revelation 22:2
  3. I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels (Matthew 10:32)